PEGS Program Faculty

The PEGS Program has assembled a dedicated team of professionals to provide PEGS students personalized attention focused on holistic leadership and academic development. Experts in their field and passionate about the work they do, the PEGS Program Faculty serve as catalysts to unlock students' full potential at KSU and beyond.

Ralph J. Rascati, Ph.D.

Dean of the Honors College
Professor of Biology
Co-Founder of the PEGS Program

Dr. Rascati earned a B.S. in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1969 and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts in 1975. He spent 4 years as a research scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the field of Virology. After several years at Illinois State University he came to Kennesaw State as Associate Professor of Biology in 1985.

Dr. Rascati served as Chair of the Department of Biology & Physics from 1997 until 2002 when he became Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 2006 he added the position of Dean of University College. He served in that capacity until January, 2014 when, at the request of President Daniel S. Papp and Provost W. Ken Harmon, he became Founding Dean of the Honors College.

For his entire career his focus has been on the factors that influence the academic success of students. His efforts on behalf of first-year students were nationally recognized when, in 2009, he was selected as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. The award was presented at the National Meeting on the First-Year Experience in Orlando, Florida in February, 2009.

His wife, Daryleen is an accomplished equestrian and together, they also raise champion show dogs.

Phillip Poskus, MPH

PEGS Program Manager, Honors College
Part-time Instructor of Biology, Department of University Studies

Phillip is a graduate of both Kennesaw State University’s College of Science and Mathematics and the Center for Student Leadership (CSL); he earned his B.S. in Biology with a minor in Applied Statistics and Data Analysis and a Certificate of Ethical Leadership for his completion of the LINK Program in 2009. During his last semester as a student, Phillip worked with the Director of the CSL to develop the PEGS Program and stayed on the CSL team to manage the program after his graduation.

Since then, Phillip has presented on multiple leadership topics and programs at the National and International Conference on the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, the American Democracy Project National Meeting, the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) Annual Convention, and the National Learning Communities Conference. Phillip has also authored or co-authored articles in New Directions for Higher Education and NACA’s Campus Activities Programming Magazine.

Phillip earned his Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) in Spring 2014 from the University of Georgia concentrating in Epidemiology and having completed internships with the Fulton County Department of Public Health and research on healthy snack options on college campuses in Georgia.

Phillip currently teaches LDRS 3000, Foundation of Leadership, in the Department of University Studies and is working on expanding upon his Master’s capstone research.

In his spare time, Phillip enjoys exercising, working on his house, and traveling. In addition to extensive domestic travel, Phillip has been to South Africa, Malawi, France, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Ghana, The Netherlands, India, Costa Rica, and Brazil.

Strengths Quest Signature Themes: Strategic | Analytical | Focus | Achiever | Competition

Ken Hill, MA

PEGS Co-Manager for Teaching and Curriculum Development
Lecturer of Management, Department of First-Year & Transition Studies
Director of Global Strategic Initiatives, Honors College

Ken Hill joined Kennesaw State University as an adjunct faculty member in the fall of 2002. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama in 1979 and a Masters of Arts in Human Resource Development in 1993 from The George Washington University.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Ken has worked in the fields of operations management, training/ organization development, human resources, and consulting with Development Dimensions International (DDI) in a number of Fortune 200 organizations. In the fall of 2009 Ken began teaching the CSIS concept of 7 Revolutions. As an AASCU Global Engagement Scholar, honors faculty member, and PEGS Faculty Liaison for Teaching, Ken merges his experience and interest in global issues with his concern for student learning and development.

In his free time, Ken enjoys spending quality time with his daughter and dog, keeping current on global news, and relaxing on his sailboat.

Strengths Quest Signature Themes: Input | Learner | Connectedness | Arranger | Activator

Dr. Linda Lyons, Ed.D.

PEGS Faculty Liaison for intercultural Competency
Director of Strategic initiatives, University College
Assistant Professor of Education, Department of First-Year & Transition Studies

Linda Lyons is an Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Strategic Initiatives in University College. In her role, she teaches in the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies as well as assisting Department leaders with strategic planning to meet short and long-term goals within the college. She continues her research with honor students in the area of cross-cultural awareness, specifically around building intercultural competencies in higher education.

Previously, Linda held the role of Interim Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) and Director of the Center for University Learning. As CDO, she assisted the University in recognizing and appreciating the value of diversity and cross-cultural understating by advancing the strategic, diversity initiatives of the University. As the Director of the Center for University Learning, Linda managed learning and professional development programs for staff.

Linda holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Georgia State University, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Georgia in Adult Education with a focus on Human Resources and Organizational Development.

Linda also holds professional certifications in learning and organizational development and has been associated with such organizations as American Society for Training and Development, the Southern Association of Facilitators, the Academy of Human Resource Development, the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources, Toastmasters International, and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

Strengths Quest Signature Themes: Achiever | Responsibility | Harmony | Individualization | Learner

Dr. Amy Buddie, Ph.D.

PEGS Faculty Liaison for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
Associate Director for Graduate Student Support & Undergraduate Research, Center for Excellence in
Teaching and Learning
Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology

Amy Buddie is currently the Associate Director for Graduate Student Support and Undergraduate Research/ Creative Activity at KSU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). She coordinates the Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (SETOP) as well as KSU’s Symposium of Student Scholars. She is a Councilor in the psychology division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

Amy also manages the funding awards for undergraduate research and supports graduate teaching assistants through workshops, classroom observations, and individual consultations. She is the editor of the Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research and the faculty advisor for the Undergraduate Research Club. She loves teaching and mentoring students, and in 2010, she won the Kennesaw State University Distinguished Teaching Award.

Amy earned a PhD in social psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and completed two years of postdoctoral training at the Research Institute on Addictions at the University of Buffalo before joining the Department of Psychology at KSU in 2003. Amy began working with the PEGS team in 2012, coordinating the undergraduate research experience for PEGS students.

In her spare time, Amy runs (sometimes from zombies), plays tennis, and walks her dogs. She likes to travel and NOT cook (resulting in many nights eating out).